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Seattle Art Museum

100 University Street, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA 98101-2902
206-654-3100
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Ranked #46 of 212 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Description: This post-modern structure houses an impressive and eclectic collection.
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Lawrenceville, NJ
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Housed in a beautiful building, there something for everyone here. The spare galleries included a long corridor filled with glass works by Chihuly, as well as some of his students. Several galleries featured masks and figures from native cultures, all well-lighted and and very attractively displayed.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The collection is well worth seeing. We particularly enjoyed the section on Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Staff was friendly and courteous.

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Belton, Texas, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This museum has a real variety of art work so there is something for everyone. The room with all the different china in it was really cool. The glass works were nice too. The entrance was free unless you wanted to see the special exhibit. So you could donate whatever you wanted which was nice. The café was very nice... More

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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The NorthWest retrospective show brings together artist that one would not see in such abundance anywhere else. Good tour guide. Good work.

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massachusetts
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

From the art glass sculptures of famous glassblower Dale Chihuly, to the excellent collection of Northwest native art, works by local and international artists, and more. Particularly enjoyed the Australian Aboriginal Art. A great museum, and a wonderful gift shop too. Short walk from the Pike Market.

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Perth, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was very excited to visit SAM. I've been to several other huge, nationally known, and city-based museums in United States but SAM was such a disappointment. Though I must admit that I loved some of their collections, such as European porcelains, the Italian room, and some parts of Northwest artists section. Displays of modern arts collection was so poor.... More

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San Francisco, California
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299 reviews 299 reviews
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

SAM (as it is known) is a medium sized museum with an eclectic collection. There is a lot of aboriginal art which one rarely sees in art museums as well as some gems from the masters. They have a tendency to mix up eras and genres which I found disconcerting being old fashioned. I like my Dutch masters in one... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Treat yourself and take in some culture at the same time! How they get the cars to hang from the ceilings is quite impressive.

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Boise, ID
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I visited the Seattle Art Museum with my grown son. I was surprised at how the museum exhibits prompted discussion about art, its place in people's lives, and the role of the artist in society. We especially liked the exhibit of native Australian Aboriginal art - it had a simplicity and sophistication that required time to absorb. Even the exhibits... More

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ojai, california
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The current exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum is a truly remarkable retrospective and re-examination of the influential role a few Seattle painters (notably Mark Tobey, Morris Graves) played in the 30s and 40s. Comparing their works with the early New York Abstract Expressionists (Jackson Pollock and others) is revelatory of their historic importance in American art. The Seattle Museum... More

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